Vol. 176 No. #5 Archives

More Stories from the August 29, 2009 issue

  1. Space

    Jupiter takes it on the chin

    Images reveal that an object has recently bashed into Jupiter, 15 years after the first of 21 chunks of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 struck the giant planet and created a memorable display of dark spots, waves and plumes.

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  2. Life

    Allergy meds slim down obese mice

    Animal study shows over-the-counter medications lower weight and treat type 2 diabetes. The study is one of four to link type 2 diabetes with the immune system.

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  3. Chemistry

    Brilliant blue for the spine

    A study in rats suggests the blue dye similar to that found in popsicles and sports drinks may prevent cell death after spinal cord injury.

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  4. Space

    Galaxies going green

    An unusual group of green, pea-shaped galaxies may be nearby analogs of remote galaxies undergoing a high rate of star formation.

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  5. Health & Medicine

    Throat cancer from HPV proves treatable

    Cancer of the throat caused by the human papillomavirus isn’t as deadly as such cancer that arises from other causes.

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  6. Health & Medicine

    Creating fat that burns calories

    Researchers find a way to make energy-using brown fat from skin cells.

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  7. Ecosystems

    Churning the numbers

    Some of the ocean’s small swimmers may be having a big impact on ocean mixing.

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  8. Health & Medicine

    The not-so-dispensable spleen

    Spleen plays more roles than previously known.

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  9. Life

    Bent innards give orchid its kick

    Violent pollen delivery in Catasetum flowers gets its power from temporarily deformed inner strip

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  10. Earth

    On plant invaders and bat fungus

    Researchers discuss invasive species and bat-infecting fungi at the Botany & Mycology 2009 meeting

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  11. Health & Medicine

    Twin towers fallout lingers

    People who were near the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, have high asthma and post-trauma stress rates years later.

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  12. Life

    Tiny bird, tiny genome

    Study finds hummingbirds have pared-down DNA.

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  13. Math

    Cable boxes identify bargain and lemon commercial slots

    Analysts get a closer look at television viewing habits with second-by-second data.

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  14. Health & Medicine

    Adult mouse gut makes new neurons

    Scientists find newborn nerve cells in the intestines of adult mice, suggesting a new line of research for treating intestinal disorders.

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  15. Life

    Death-grip fungus made me do it

    Infection may be driving ants to set their jaws in low-hanging leaves before they die.

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  16. Animals

    Tool use to crow about

    A pair of new studies indicates that crows can employ tools in advanced ways, including using stones to displace water in a container and manipulating three sticks in sequence to reach food.

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  17. Earth

    A source of haze

    Scientists identify how a hydrocarbon commonly emitted by plants is converted to light-scattering aerosols.

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  18. Math

    Baseball by the numbers

    A new study evaluates the success of statistical analyses in determining the player with the golden glove.

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  19. Earth

    Spotting danger from on high

    Airborne sensors can identify mineral outcrops and soil that may contain natural asbestos.

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  20. Science Future for August 29, 2009

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  21. The Mathematical Mechanic: Using Physical Reasoning to Solve Problems by Mark Levi

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  22. Summer World: A Season of Bounty by Bernd Heinrich

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  23. Kinematics: The Lost Origins of Einstein’s Relativity by Alberto A. Martínez

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  24. The Wonders Inside: Bugs & Spiders by Jan Stradling

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  25. Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution by Nick Lane

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  26. Dark Side of the Moon: Wernher von Braun, the Third Reich, and the Space Race by Wayne Biddle

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  27. Balancing gains and threats in cardiovascular care

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  28. Pearls Unstrung

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  29. What do you see?

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  30. Earth

    Shaky Forecasts

    Despite past failures, geophysicists think earthquake prediction might still be possible.

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  31. Letters

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  32. Science Past from the issue of August 29, 1959

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  33. Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life by Winifred Gallagher

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